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- Why are “algebras” called algebras? 1 answer
After having read this post on MathOverflow about the etymology of various terms that are used in abstract algebra like groups, rings and fields, I was wondering how and why did the term algebra come to denote specifically algebra over a field or a commutative ring? Why pick the same name as the discipline to denote a very specific algebraic structure?
This question might not be very useful mathematically, but I'd nevertheless like to know the origin of this nomenclature.